My Lady White

My Lady White2019-10-09T22:26:25+00:00

Project Description

Solo Marimba
1980
10 min.
Grade 4

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Katuizyna Mycka
On the album Marimba Spiritual (2000)

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Movements

  1. Madrigal: My lady white
  2. Spring…birds sing…a gift of rings
  3. For pretty Alison

Description

My Lady White is a collection of three songs for solo marimba. All three are very beautiful pieces and are among the best tonal literature for solo marimba today. These can be performed individually or as a set and would be appropriate for a jury, recital, or audition.

Program Note

The title, My Lady White, is a reference to a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer; an elegy for a woman named Blanche who was his devoted courtly love who he described as “supremely modest, yet easily approachable, refined, temperate, lighthearted and pious without sternness or coldness.” I call the three movements of My Lady White madrigals because the remind me of those brief, intimate, emotional song forms. The words, A Gift of Rings, from the title of the second piece are the title of a poem by the modern English poet Robert Graves. Graves also spent his life searching for the ‘White Goddess’, which is the name of a book that he wrote. For Pretty Alison: Alison is my wife, my best friend, and in many ways my own ‘Lady White’.

Program Note by David Maslanka

 

Further Reading

Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 55, Alison

8 July 2019|0 Comments

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week we celebrate the life of Alison Matthews by featuring three of David's works that have a movement dedicated to her: "Alison" from Symphony No. 10, "Song for Alison" from Song Book for Alto Saxophone and Marimba, and "For Pretty Alison" from My Lady White.